Fishing on a Budget

Times are hard and the current economic downturn has affected even our hobbies and pastime activities including fishing. But who says you need to spend a lot of cash to fish?  Here are some wallet-friendly tips on how to enjoy fishing without spending too much.

Forget about far flung fishing destinations. Save on gas and motel accommodations by spending your fishing excursions in ponds, reservoirs, lakes or rivers close to home. There has got to be some bodies of water within your area that is swarming with fishes ready to bite your bait. Check out your local conservation agencies, they usually publish fishing booklets that list down state-managed waters and what species swim in them. The internet is also a great resource.
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Basic Stream Fishing Equipment

  3XTSKSA3QKEQ Angling in a small and often overlooked streams or creeks is fast becoming a popular hobby for fishing enthusiasts. In stream fishing, all you need are a hook, line, and bait. There are other items that you may add to your gear but always bear in mind to take with you only absolute essentials. After all, you will also be the one who will haul everything from your vehicle to the stream and vice versa.  Here are some basic stream fishing items that you should invest on.

1. Fishing rigs. Fishing in small streams differs from fishing in large streams or rivers so pick a fishing rod depending on the size of the water you want to venture into. A light rod between 4 and 5 feet (1.2 and 1.5 meters) long, with a line in the 2-to-4-pound (0.9-to-1.8-kilogram) test weight category, would be best for small streams.  It is very flexible and suited for small streams which have less water, smaller fishes and more underbrush.
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Fly Fishing in Streams

More and more people are taking fly fishing as a hobby. Fishing in streams can be an exhilarating  experience. However, it would make the adventure more enjoyable if you know how to cast the fly, understand the fundamentals of selecting a fly, familiar with the basic equipment and know wading techniques even before you set your feet into the water. Here are some useful tips when starting your own fly fishing adventure.

Choose a location in the stream that is far from brush and overhanging trees to avoid disturbing the fishes. Wade the stream wearing a good pair of hip waders. Waders are slipped on over socks and pants and come up to the lower part of your hips. Attach the waders with the straps or snaps around a belt or loop.

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Everything you want to know about trout fishing

Trout are a fish of tradition. Many trout enthusiasts consider the pursuit of trout to be the purest form of fishing. It is the finesse required to entice a trout into striking that appeals to the soul. The trouts have endeared the imagination of anglers for centuries.

There are 5 primary trouts distributed throughout the US. They are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Brown trout are the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts and the brook trout is the most sensitive to temperature. The others are comfortable in slightly warmer waters than the brookies.

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Stream Fishing for Beginners

For the uninitiated, stream fishing can get a bit frustrating.  But knowing where to cast is a good way to start learning the ropes.  The important thing to remember when looking for a good area to cast to think like a fish and look for places that can provide protection, food source, and current.

Always take these into consideration when surveying the water for your next cast.

For beginners, another tip that can help you find the right place to float your fly is to cast to the foam or bubbles. Fast moving water, logs, rock formations creates foam or bubbles providing a funnel of food for the fishes.  Foam/bubbles and is usually located in deeper water or on a seam. When casting on this type of area, cast your fly above the foam and let it float drag free through it. If you are casting a nymph, you must cast past the foam because your fly will sink. If you don’t, your fly will float short of the foam.

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Stream Fishing For Trout

Trouts always come to mind when it come to stream fishing although there are lots of non-trout species that can be caught in these fresh moving waters like catfishes.  Trouts are wily, wary are just fun to catch!

When fishing for trout, it is important to understand how moving water shapes the stream channel. In most streams, the current creates a Riffle-Run-Pool pattern that repeats itself over and over. A deep pool may hold a big brown trout, but rainbows and smaller browns are likely found in runs. Riffles are where you will find small trout, called troutlet, during the day and larger trout crowding in during morning and evening feeding periods.

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